Team ElaTech Wins #HackAgric; Bags N500,000 Cash Prize

Team ElaTech has emerged victorious in a three-day agriculture themed hackathon event tagged #HackAgric hosted by Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), through its Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Hub (KSWIH) thus earning the cash prize of N500,000.

The event which held at the Aldgate Hotel, Port Harcourt and lasted from March 19 – 21 had an overall of ten teams drawn from Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta and Akwa Ibom states.

#HackAgric presented the ten selected teams with a mock app called #openfarm and a brief on the desired features the app should contain.

Teams were tasked with creating a working prototype of #openfarm while infusing innovative features to it.

Elatech, the winning team of #HackAgric, delivered a working prototype of #openfarm with all the desired features and an exciting added feature of a sensor enabled hardware called RealTime Farm Watcher.

RealTime Farm Watcher hardware


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Uchenna Nnodim, while demoing ElaTech’s version of #openfarm, highlighted the practical applications of RealTime Farm Watcher. “The sensors gather real-time data on sensitive agriculture factors such as weather, flooding and intrusion alerts as in the herdsmen case”.

While presenting the cheque of N500,000 to the winning team, Florence Kayemba of SDN said ” I found their sensor-type hardware very important as it addressed real and very relevant issues like security and flooding”.

In their acceptance speech, the winners interestingly stated that their idea was inspired by the advert banner of #HackAgric. “When we looked at the flier for #HackAgric, we saw a smart farm and knew we had to re-create just that”.

Advert banner for #HackAgric

Coming in at second and third places were Bayelsa based Afridash and SourceCode from Rivers respectively.


Agriculture and Technology

Agriculture accounts for more than 30% of the continent’s GDP and employs more than 60% of its working population.

Yet, challenges still exist and farmers are only recording marginal yields.

Early last month, in line with its economic diversification plans, SDN had organized an agric stakeholder engagement forum in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states. The aim was to identify the challenges in the agricultural value chain in the Niger Delta and discuss solutions and prospects that technology can proffer to the industry.

#HackAgric is a result oriented initiative borne out of that stakeholder engagement forum.

There will be further discussions between SDN and the winning team of #HackAgric to see to the implementation of their version of  #openfarm.

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Akelachi Kejeh

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